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Seguin's status for Game 1 of playoffs uncertain

Stars center has missed four weeks with Achilles injury; questionable for postseason opener against Wild

by Steve Hunt / Correspondent

FRISCO, Texas---Forward Tyler Seguin practiced Monday with the Dallas Stars, but his status for Game 1 of their best-of-seven Western Conference First Round series of the Stanley Cup Playoffs with the Minnesota Wild remains uncertain.

Seguin, who was second on the Stars with 73 points, missed the final 10 games of the regular season recovering from a cut Achilles sustained on March 17 against the Tampa Bay Lightning. Seguin was injured when he was battling Lightning defenseman Anton Stralman for the puck late in the game.

On Monday, Seguin skated with his teammates for the first time since the injury and had a red no-contact jersey during practice.

Dallas, the top seed in the Western Conference, begins its first-round series with the Wild on Thursday at American Airlines Center (9:30 p.m. ET; NBCSN, SN360, TVA Sports, FS-N, FS-WI, FS-SW).

Video: Seguin skates with the team

"It's not fully up to me, so I'm doing everything I can to be prepared and obviously I want to play," Seguin said.

The workout was one Stars coach Lindy Ruff called light, but was encouraged to see Seguin back on the ice with his teammates for the first time in almost a month.

"I thought he got through it OK," Ruff said. "It's hard to tell [where he's at], it was a light skate. I don't think he was at full speed, but it was good to see him back out there."

The Stars have two more days of practice and a morning skate in advance of Game 1 for Seguin to make progress, but Ruff said no decision has been made on his status.

"No, we just go day-to-day. I'm not going to rule him out, but I can't tell you he's in right now," Ruff said.

Seguin, who won a Stanley Cup in 2011 with the Boston Bruins as a rookie and has 21 points (seven goals, 14 assists) in 48 career playoff games.

The Stars finished the regular season with an impressive surge, going 8-2-0 in their final 10 games.

Video: WPG@DAL: Seguin stuffs home a rebound in 2nd period

"Not that tough to watch, obviously I want to be out there, but they've been playing some great hockey. We wanted to be finishing the season strong and really be going into the playoffs," Seguin said.

Ruff knows that anytime a player has missed nearly a month, bringing him back is usually a gradual process. And even though he wouldn't disclose whether or not Seguin will play, Ruff is encouraged by what he saw from him in practice.

"I think today was the next step," Ruff said. "I think when he can go 100 percent, go full out, we'll know where he's at. It might be tomorrow, it might be Wednesday, but today was a good step in the right direction for him."

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